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Justice Dept. Official Identifies Problems in Federal Law Targeting Violence against Native American Women


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. Justice Department official identified significant gaps Wednesday in a federal law aimed at addressing high rates of violence against Native American women, saying the law should be expanded to broaden tribes' authority over certain child abuse cases.

In 2013, Congress gave tribes power to prosecute non-Native Americans in domestic and dating violence cases. The push for the law came amid outcry from victims' advocates who cited federal figures showing most assaults involved offenders who weren't Native American.


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